As Beregina celebrated

July 2 according to the old style or July 15 according to the new ancient Slavs revered the progenitor of everything, the great goddess – Bereginya. According to ancient belief, she always appears accompanied by light horsemen who personify the Sun.

Beregina was customary to be addressed during the ripening of bread, indicating her belonging to the supreme patron gods of the human race.

The cult of Beregini associated with birch, so on the day of honoring the goddess, girls went to the forest to worship this tree. They asked birch for happiness in love. And the most desperate brought the favorite. To do this, a small birch branch was brought from the forest and put it secretly on the doorstep. As soon as the beloved crossed over it, the girl picked up a branch, sentencing: “As this prut dries, so let… (the name of the guy) from love to me dry,” hid in a melted dry place.

They revered Bereginya and as the patroness of the home and family, the guardian of the dwelling from hostile dark forces. The goddess was also considered a helper in any peasant affairs and endeavors (gave herbs healing properties, protected cattle and crops). On the day of the veneration, Beregini carried embroidered towels into the field and, washed away, were wiped with them. This ritual was thought to bring strength and health. Beregini’s holiday was at our ancestors a weekend. Do peasant work on this day should not have been done.

With the spread to Russia of Christianity gradually the image of Beregini became connected with the image of Our Lady. And on July 15 began to read “Mother Raw Theotokos”. According to popular opinion, if on this day there were many yellow leaves on trees – it means autumn and winter will come early.

Some scholars associate beregin with mermaids and shore maidens, in which the deceased swerved but never married brides turned. According to people’s beliefs on Trinity or Rusal week they came from that world, frolicked, drove choirs, lured guys. And when the beregini left the ground, people arranged for them wires: wearing masks, having fun, playing on gusles, singing, dancing, jumping through bonfires.

In modern times, there is great interest in folklore traditions and Slavic holidays, so the celebration of Beregini’s day began to be revived. This unofficial holiday try to make family — for adults and children. Centers and clubs for the study of Slavic culture organize interactive games and informative quizzes, hold festivals of folk music and crafts.

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